While I know any home is susceptible to hard water stains, when you use well water that has a high mineral content, hard water stains seem to happen a bit more quickly. Hard water stains are created when water that is high in calcium carbonate evaporats. The water is gone but leaves small spots of white mineral content behind.
Imagine those science fair projects where you make salt crystals by using salt water and a string, letting the water evaporate to create crystals. It’s like that, except instead of salt crystals, it’s calcium, and instead of on a string, it’s in such inconvenient places as faucets, glasses, and virtually any other har surfaces that comes into contact with water.
There are powerful chemicals and cleaners out there that tout their ability to remove hard water spots and stains. However, I’ve found that the best cleaner for hard water stains resides in your pantry – Heinz Apple Cider Vinegar. Normally I might use Heinz Distilled White Vinegar for cleaning and Heinz Apple Cider Vinegar for creating some tasty sauce or marinade. Heinz also has an Unfiltered Apple Cider Vinegar which is great for cooking as well. But since Heinz Apple Cider Vinegar is what I had, that’s what I would use. It has 5% acidity which is perfect for eating away those icky hard water spots. And icky hard water spots is what I had after finding a couple of glasses that had been left out for far too long, the contents of which had long since evaporated, leaving behind a “lovely” white film.
There are a couple of ways you can use Heinz Apple Cider Vinegar to clean hard water spots off glasses. First, you can soak the item in pure vinegar. As the vinegar goes to work, you’ll see little bubbles forming where the vinegar is dissolving the minerals.
This is cool to see, but the more economical option is to dilute it a little. I prefer a 3:1 mixture of water to vinegar, but I’ve seen others use 2:1 or even 1:3. For glasses, I usually soak them in this mixture, but you can also use this vinegar mixture in a spray bottle to clean mirrors, windows, outdoor furniture, stainless steel, and other surfaces with hard water stains.
Not only is Heinz Apple Cider Vinegar incredibly effective at removing hard water stains, but I love that it’s a more affordable and natural solution for cleaning. Not to mention the fact that it’s “multi-purpose” and can be used for cooking. For more cleaning tips and uses for Heinz Vinegar, make sure you head over to the Heinz Vinegar website and follow the Heinz Vinegar Pinterest Page.
Have you tried cleaning with vinegar before?
Disclaimer: I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Heinz Vinegar. I received a product sample to facilitate my review and as a thank you for participating.